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Profile: Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

Meet travel writer Eric Stoen of family travel blog Travel Babbo. If you think you’re well traveled, Eric is about to make you feel like a positive home body. This dad has been to 81 countries and 24 just last year. 19 of those he traveled to with his three kids Evelyn (11), Henry (9) and Sadie (7). He has been to such faraway places as Myanmar, Ethiopia, Oman and even Antarctica. His goal is to get to 5 new countries every year and he usually manages to set foot in at least 15 in total. He shares his expert family travel tips with suitcases&strollers.

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Insider Travel Tips: Travel As A Single Parent

Nikki Quinn is a single mum who lives in Singapore with her son Harvey (19 months). In his short lifespan Harvey has been to 12 other countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, Montenegro and Ireland. Nikki chats to suitcases&strollers about the reality of family holidays as a single parent and why it’s worthwhile to keep traveling with kids, even if it does mean you have to preplan to go to the toilet!

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Profile: Dr Claire Rebentrost from International Medical Clinic Singapore

Interview with IMC paediatrician Dr Claire Rebentrost in Singapore. As a New Zealander based in Singapore, Claire has been all over the globe to about 20 countries including Samoa, Czech Republic, Australia, Majorca and the USA. An International Medical Clinic Singapore resident doctor, these days she travels three to four times a year around Asia and beyond with her two kids Oscar (4) and Hugo (2). She tells suitcases&strollers her family travel tips for traveling with young kids.

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How To Travel Like the Locals Do

Introducing withlocals.com, a travel website that allows you to sightsee, shop and eat like a local and learn all the city secrets of your family travel destination. If you’ve ever found yourself in a foreign city inside another international chain restaurant, you’ll be familiar with the frustration of feeling like you aren’t really accessing the country’s authentic culture beyond the tourist trail. Withlocals is a travel website that allows you stop being a tourist and start experiencing life like a local with their comprehensive hook up service that allows you to meet a local who can show you around and give you their insider travel tips.

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Why Travel By Train With Kids

The Man in Seat 61 tells suitcases&strollers his favourite train journeys with kids. Mark Smith is a career railwayman who has travelled all over the globe including from London to Tokyo via Moscow’s Trans-Siberian Railway, to Turkey, Syria and Jordan and around Hong Kong, Mongolia and Beijing. His kids Nathanel (9) and Katelijn (6) have followed him and his wife Nicolette on train journeys from the UK to Italty, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and right across the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Wherever he goes, he always tries to sit in Seat 61 and documents his travels plus lots of other useful information for train enthusiasts on his website. Here are his really thoughtful insights into why travel by train with kids is so much more rewarding than any other form of transport.

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Profile: World’s Youngest Junior Master SCUBA Diver Charlotte Burns

Charlotte Burns is 13 years old and the youngest and first ever PADI AmbassaDiver. She started SCUBA diving at just 10 years old and in 3 years has completed 26 PADI dive certifications and over 140 dives (not including many extra hours in the pool helping other kids). She qualified at age 12 as the youngest ever junior master diver and she is also a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Sports Diver, trained in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Sea Survival, VHF Radio trained and a qualified skipper to drive power boats. She has SCUBA dived in shipwrecks in Cyprus, photographed sea creatures in the south of France and even dived under an aircraft carrier searching for Improvised Explosive Devices. She tells suitcases&strollers why she loves to dive and why it’s a fun family holiday activity to introduce SCUBA diving to kids.

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Profile: Family Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly travels the world for her television show Family Travel With Colleen Kelly.She has been to over 30 countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Malta and, whenever she can, she takes her two daughters Dunovan Kate (12) and Shea Grace (9) with her. Colleen tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids is important and which, of all the places in the world she has traveled with kids, are her favourite family travel destinations.

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Tours of Italy: The Amalfi Coast with Kids

One of the best beach holiday destinations in Europe is to head to the famed Amalfi Coast. Italy with kids is one of the best places to travel with kids because of the great mix of culture, history and activities as well as food even the fussiest eaters will enjoy. From Pompeii to Capri, beach to archeological sites, Italy with kids is not complete without visiting the absolutely charming Amalfi Coast. 

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Little Globetrotter: Jed Cole

Which places make the best family holiday destinations according to the kids? Five-year-old Jed Cole lives in London with his mum, dad and big brothers Ezra (8) and Isaac (18). Jed is very much an urban babe, who enjoys playing football in the park and looking cool on his scooter. As well as being well traveled around London, he’s also been to Nice, Corsica, Antibes and is looking forward to spending Christmas in Nigeria. One day he hopes to visit New Zealand where his Nana is from originally. He tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for how to make travel with kids fun for the entire family.

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Italy With Kids: Florence Insider

Daisy Beatriz Diaz has lived in Florence, Italy for the last decade. The mother of three (Manuel, 4, Pietro, 2, Margherita, 10 months) understands what it’s like to be a busy mum traveling with kids, so she offers her super cute gifts store, Baby Bottega, as a rest point for mothers who need somewhere to breastfeed when traveling with kids in Florence. She tells suitcases&strollers why she thinks Florence is the best family holiday destination in Italy for kids and adults.

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Profile: TODAY Show Weatherman Steven Jacobs

Australian TODAY show weatherman Steven Jacobs is a prolific traveller. He visits an average of 7 countries a year and has been to somewhere between 70 to 80 countries in his lifetime including Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Uruguay. A lot of his time on the road is for work, but even when he’s not chasing the weather he has something of an obssession about traveling with his kids Isabella (also called Issy, 3) and Francesca (nicknamed Frenchie, 1) and his wife Rosie. Steven gives suitcases&strollers his family travel tips on the best family holiday destinations.

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The Ultimate Barbie Experiences

If your little girls can’t get enough of the blonde bombshell that is Barbie, perhaps it’s time to embrace their love of hot pink and seek out these fantasy-like experiences. Whether it’s just an afternoon in a mall to dedicating an entire island holiday to Barbie, here are some of the most memorable kids holiday ideas for Barbie fans.

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Profile: Mrs Smith

Boutique hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith has long been the go-to resource for trendy getaways. But no longer is the brand just about couples’ retreats. This year they are going global with their new website Smith & Family providing choice child-friendly accommodations for family holidays. Founder Tamara Lohan and mother to Tom (6) and Alexandra (4) gives suitcases&strollers her personal recommendations for the best places to stay and travel with kids all over the world. 


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Profile: Australian Rules Footballer Anthony Koutoufides

The former Carlton hero sports a different career since he retired from the AFL. Anthony Koutoufides has been a ballroom dancer on Dancing With The Stars, cook on Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia and runs health clinics at Kouta Fit Club. His multi-varied career means he travels all over Australia and the globe and a few times a year he takes his kids Jamie (10), Monique (9) and Lukas (3) with him on family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers why travelling with children (sometimes) makes them smile. 


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Dos & Don’ts In Italy (For Kids)

Italy is a fabulous destination to travel to with kids – apart from the copious amounts of spaghetti, pizza and gelato, it is a captivating cultural experience. But there are some tricks to ensuring you get the most out of your family vacation. Jennifer Gargiulo, creator of blog Diary of An Expat in Singapore and kids Alexander (12) and Eliot (7), tells suitcases&strollers her hilarious essential kids need-to-knows for holidaying in her homeland (or travelling to Italy with kids). 

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Family Friendly Accommodation Booking Websites

Most villa and hotel booking websites are great pre-kids, but after that they somehow fail to deliver all those little details you need to know as a parent travelling with children. “Kid-friendly” can mean anything from a mere tolerance of children to step stools in the bathroom and a fully accredited kids club. So the best way to find the type of accommodation that works for your family – no matter the kids’ ages – is to go to the sites that specialise in helping parents find the right fit in accommodation when planning family holidays. Here are some of the best accommodation websites for families for vacations primarily in Europe. 

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The World’s Most Travelled Toddler?

Noah Davies just might be the most travelled toddler we’ve met so far. After being born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at the age of 2 he has already been to 29 cities from Miami to Melbourne, Koh Samui to St Juan. (His father works in the tourism industry.) The longest he has ever stayed in one destination is 2 months (Germany and Orlando, Florida, USA). His mother, Yolade, tells us the story of this frequent flier. (And we want to meet your little frequent fliers too. To win a Gooie backpack go to the bottom of this story for details. *THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED*)


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Art Galleries & Museums (With Kids)

Gagging to go to the Guggenheim, but worried the munchkins won’t behave? As Group Director, Art Collections, Estates and Valuations at Bonhams, Harvey Cammell knows something about art. He has taken his kids Nancy (11) and Tom (8) to view everything from classic portraits to Goya’s fantastical works to contemporary American art and he says parents can absolutely visit art galleries with kids and museums with little ones. Here are his tips for introducing children to the great works. 

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Travelling with Allergies (& Dietary Requirements)

No, we’re not just talking fussy eating here. If you or anyone in your family has Crohne’s disease, is celiac or has an allergy to nuts, for example, watching what you eat while on holidays can literally save your life. Kim Koeller, President and CEO of Gluten Free Passport tells suitcases&strollers about how to travel safely with kids with allergies and dietary restrictions. 


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Profile: Travel Writer Matt Gross

Matt Gross, author of travel memoir The Turk Who Loved Apples, has travelled the globe for his famed columns "The Frugal Traveler" and “Getting Lost” in The New York Times and his blog The Minor Glories. He tells suitcases&strollers about how travel has changed for him since the birth of his kids Sasha (4) and Sandy (8 months) and why these days travelling with kids, he tries not to get lost.


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